Taki returns from injury eyes World championships

Monday, April 18th, 2022 23:08 | By
Kumari Taki in action during the 2019 World Championships in Doha, Qatar. PD/SPORTPICHA

Former world 1,500m champion in the Under-18 category Kumari Taki is weighing his prospects after shaking off a tendon injury that denied him a place in team Kenya for the delayed 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

Taki who was part of Team Kenya at the 2019 World Championships in Doha, Qatar says he is keen to make back-to-back appearances at the senior level.

“Last year’s season was not the best for me. That is, after incurring an injury a month before the Olympics Trials which made me miss out on the trials too. It was quite a setback and I had to nurse the injury first for several months,” shared Taki.

He went on, “Since January, I returned on track for my daily routine exercises and two physiotherapy sessions weekly to ensure I’m back to my previous form. It hasn’t been easy but with hard work, discipline and persistence I’m slowly coming back.”

Taki who is also the 2015 World U18 gold medallist from Cali, Colombia and a seventh-place finisher at the 2018 Commonwealth Games competed at the Kenya Police Athletics Championships last week for the first time as a law enforcement officer finishing second in the men’s 1500m final.

“Last week was a great come back for me after racing at a time of, 3:36:84 right behind the World Indoor Bronze Medallist- Abel Kipsang. I’m looking forward to better time results this season that will stun the world,” added Taki.

The second-place finisher at the first edition of the Kipkeino Classic continental tour Gold meeting in Nairobi is also eyeing a comeback at the event next month having missed the previous edition.

“I’m grateful to God and to all your prayers and words of encouragement and support. I want to attain the world championships mark of 3:35 at Kasarani soon,” concluded Taki who is due to compete at the National Athletics Championships next week.

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